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mountainlover:
Hello,

I started out with Linux Mint and my screen began shaking.  Someone suggested I use a lighter distro.  So, I uninstalled Mint and tried Puppy.  Couldn't see any videos with their web browser (Pale Moon).  I then installed Linux Lite on USB to try out.  I'm now getting that shaking screen again.  Any ideas?  I'm new to all of this and just want to keep using my machine after Windows 7 support went away - I need step-by-step information/instruction and often don't understand the snippets of information given about Linux problems that seem to be for pros, so step-by-step is best for people like me.  I did not do updates as there's not enough space on the USB, but I have a feeling it's something to do with my NVIDIA graphics.  Thanks & here's my system info:

CPU:       Dual core AMD Athlon II X2 220 (-MCP-)
           arch: K10 rev.3 cache: 1024 KB bmips: 11251
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
           CPU Flags: 3dnow 3dnowext 3dnowprefetch abm apic clflush cmov
           cmp_legacy constant_tsc cpuid cr8_legacy cx16 cx8 de extapic
           extd_apicid fpu fxsr fxsr_opt ht hw_pstate ibs lahf_lm lbrv lm mca
           mce misalignsse mmx mmxext monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl npt
           nrip_save nx osvw pae pat pdpe1gb pge pni popcnt pse pse36 rdtscp
           rep_good sep skinit sse sse2 sse4a svm svm_lock syscall tsc vme
           vmmcall wdt
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1016.2GB (0.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10EADX size: 1000.2GB temp: 33C
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdc model: USB_Flash_Disk size: 16.0GB temp: 0C
           Optical-1: /dev/sr0 model: ATAPI DVD A  DH16ABSH
           rev: YA12 dev-links: cdrom,cdrw,dvd,dvdrw
           Features: speed: 48x multisession: yes
           audio: yes dvd: yes rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running

Jerry:
We'll need your graphics card information.


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mountainlover:
inxi -bWelcome to Linux Lite 4.8 linux
 

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 14:26:17
Memory Usage: 1702/2748MB (61.94%)
Disk Usage: 297/1GB (22%)
Support - https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/ (Right click, Open Link)
 
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System:    Host: linux Kernel: 4.15.0-74-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: eMachines model: EL1358G serial: N/A
           BIOS: American Megatrends v: P01-B0 date: 03/17/2011
CPU:       Dual core AMD Athlon II X2 220 (-MCP-) speed/max: 1600/2800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: [email protected]
           OpenGL: renderer: NV4C version: 2.1 Mesa 19.0.8
Network:   Card: NVIDIA MCP61 Ethernet driver: forcedeth
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1016.2GB (21.2% used)
Info:      Processes: 164 Uptime: 6:32 Memory: 1735.7/2749.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
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Jerry:
What video driver, if any, are you using?

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mountainlover:
There is nothing listed in my Additional Drivers - I'm still running from a USB stick as that is what seems to be recommended to determine whether something is a good fit & worthy to do the actual install.  So, I haven't done updates since there's not the space available on the stick. 

With the shaky screen and moments of complete freezing up, I'm not sure whether it's because I'm running on USB and am nervous to do an install as I installed Mint and spent quite a bit of time doing the uninstall after the same problem with shaky screen/freeze ups.  Someone on Mint board suggested trying out this lighter version or anything with xfce.

However, if there is something I can install while still running off USB to help with the problems, I'm happy to do that & report back.  Although, as a newbie I need pretty base line instructions on the installs. 

Really appreciate all the help....

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